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McKinsey Industry 4.0, May 2015 - how to navigate a changing industrial landscap

McKinsey & Company released a report today analyzing the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), which pertains to the implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) in traditional industries.

To compute the effects of the fourth industrial revolution, the report, “Industry 4.0 - How to Navigate a Changing Industrial Landscape,” used exclusive market research. More specifically, the report analyzed the attitude, impact, and level of preparation for the U.S., German, and Japanese markets. The survey featured 300 respondents, all of which are employed by companies with 50 or more employees.

"We invested dedicated experts and full time resources over more than four months into the research in this area," said Dominik Wee, a leader in McKinsey's Semiconductors Practice in EMEA. "This is one of the top priority investment areas for McKinsey and its Advanced Industries practice, since it will fundamentally change the business model of our industrial customers. Being thought leaders on industry-shaping trends is a top priority for us and part of our value proposition."

Read more: Accelerate Your Path to the Internet of Things

The fourth industrial revolution will have a higher impact and require less implementation of new equipment, according to McKinsey & Company’s research. In fact, just 40 to 50 percent of the current equipment is expected to be replaced. Those figures signify an obvious advantage over the previous industrial revolution (industrial automation), which had an 80 to 90 percent rate of replacement.

"A significant amount of the value will come from upgrading existing systems to ensure interconnectivity for data collection, analysis and executing commands, e.g., by retrofitting sensors or even without changing the hardware, just by adding additional intelligence and interoperability in the software, assuming the electronics hardware capabilities (processing power and speed, storage/memory functionality) and actuation devices are sufficient or can be upgraded," said Hans-Werner Kaas, senior partner and head of the McKinsey Automotive & Assembly practice.

According to the report, “Industry 4.0 is enabled by disruptive digital technologies that are expected to change the manufacturing sector by 2025 through significant innovation.” The report identifies those technologies as data, computational power, and connectivity; analytics and intelligence; augmented reality; and 3D printing.

Among Industry 4.0’s biggest winners are global companies. The report reasons that expected success of global companies will result from labor effectiveness, which is “driven by digitization of knowledge work, quality by advanced analytics, and development time by touch operation/interfaces.” The report also suggests that digital enablement of processes gives way to high quality information gathering, the prompt processing of information and data, and the opening of commands for enhancements.

"Next to global companies, it will also benefit startup companies in the industrial space or small or medium-sized companies with the respective capabilities, that are driving the underlying technologies, advanced analytics and software solutions of Industry 4.0," Wee said.

The report predicts that there will be a 30-55 percent drop in knowledge work (healthcare, IT, legal, finance) between 2010 and 2020.

Cyber-security will become even more vital in Industry 4.0, because it is so needed in digitization. According to the report, “Digitization requires an effective implementation of cyber-security measures across the whole enterprise: prioritize protection, integrate into processes, engage management and employees, and safeguard technology.”

Though Kaas said the transition to Industry 4.0 has already started, he claims the revolution won't go into full swing overnight due to the longer innovation cycles in industrial contexts.

Kaas added, "But we are already seeing examples of companies that are successfully piloting individual Industry 4.0 technologies such as 3D-printing or digital enabled manufacturing control, in some cases extended to their supply base."

Reference Architecture Model of Industrie 4.0

Platform Industrie 4.0 Propose Reference Architecture Model of Industrie 4.0

Platform Industrie 4.0 Proposes Reference Architecture Model for Industrie 4.0: OPC-UA confirmed as one and only Standard in Category “Communication layer”

Scottsdale, AZ – April 14, 2015 – The Platform Industrie 4.0 (I4.0) announced at Hannover Messe 2015 a reference architecture model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0). RAMI 4.0 is a unified architecture model that serves the purpose of a common understanding, which standards, use-cases, standards etc. for I4.0 are necessary, and allows discussing associations and details. In RAMI 4.0 I4.0 components are defined in their structure and functioning. Thus it enables cross-company networking and integration across value added networks. Where meaningful, RAMI 4.0 builds on existing and relevant standards.
The Platform Industrie 4.0 trade organizations BITKOM (IT), VDMA (Mechanical Engineering) and ZVEI (Electronics) together collected and analyzed necessary or relevant standards for RAMI 4.0 in technically oriented working groups. In the category “Communication Layer” the OPC UA (IEC 62541) standard was thoroughly examined if adequate for RAMI 4.0 and as one and only confirmed. In other categories this was the case for: “Information Layer” IEC Common Data Dictionary (IEC 61360Series/ISO13584-42), Characteristics, Classification and Tools according to eCl@ss, Electronic Device Description (EDD) and Field Device Tool (FDT); for “Functional and Information Layer” Field Device Integration (FDI) as integration technology; and for the category “Consistent Engineering” AutomationML, ProSTEP iViP and eCl@ss.
“Companies like ThyssenKrupp are implementing Industrie 4.0 today. The availability of established communication protocols is mission critical for such a timely implementation; OPC-UA is here the best example!”, said Dr Achatz head of technology at ThyssenKrupp AG.
“We are proud the Platform Industrie 4.0 thoroughly analyzed OPC UA in the category “Communication Layer” and confirmed its relevance as the only standard for the reference architecture model for Industrie 4.0″ said Thomas J. Burke, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation. “This shows that the OPC Foundation is on the right track with our approach of secure, safe, manufacturer- and platform-independent communication for heterogeneous systems by means of OPC UA to become a global data exchange standard for Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things.”
“In RAMI 4.0 diverse aspects of a common model were brought together. Starting from vertical integration via consistency of engineering across the entire lifecycle to horizontal integration. For each of these areas OPC UA offers an essential contribution”, according to Stefan Hoppe, VP OPC Foundation. “In addition the powerful OPC UA modelling tool will play an important role for the area of semantics where machines, components and products need to be interpreted and understood by humans, software /-agents and -services. The OPC UA modelling capability has been a major reason for FDI and AutomationML as independent standards to choose to have their contents (the “what”) communicated on the basis of OPC UA (the “how”)”.
About The OPC Foundation

Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation is dedicated to providing the best specifications, technology, process and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable interoperability in industrial automation and related domains. The organization serves over 440 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, Building Automation, Oil & Gas and Smart Energy sectors. For more information about the OPC Foundation, please visit https://opcfoundation.org.

For more information, contact:
Thomas J. Burke, President
OPC Foundation

Industrial IoT (IIoT) 125+ Startups die de fabrieken transformeren. om te volgen - CBInsights


CBInsights volgt verschillende markten en technologieën vanuit een investeerdersperspectief. Een uniek perspectief van verschillende ontwikkelingen op wereldschaal van technologie-startups en bedrijven om te volgen. 
Deze bedrijven vormen de basis voor het transformeren van : productiebedrijven, olievelden en aanvoer. 

 Source : CBInsights IIoT Startups, May 5th 2017

So far, the IIoT wave transforming asset-heavy industries has been led by the old guard of tech giants such as GE, IBM, and Cisco..

With connected devices like Nest and Sonos breaking into the mainstream, the IoT has become one of the most-discussed tech trends of the last twenty years. But the IoT extends well beyond the home and consumer-level gadgets. Asset-heavy industries like manufacturing, logistics, mining, oil, utilities and agriculture have also begun to apply IoT systems to improve efficiency and results. With machines and specialized sensors collecting data at every step of production, the potential gains from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are enormous. Just in 2016 alone, startups bringing digitization to industry saw more than $2.2B of investment.

Large corporates have also been involved in M&A in the space. Recently, General Electric, for example, acquired IoT platforms Bit Stew Systems and Nurego, in addition to two large 3D printing acquisitions this past fall.

So far, the IIoT wave has been led by the old guard of industrial tech companies such as GE, IBM, and Cisco, who envision the IIoT as a core component of their future businesses. GE, in particular, pioneered the term “Industrial Internet” when announcing its $1.5B R&D commitment back in 2012.

But more and more startups are attacking the needs of heavy industry by developing sensors, cloud platforms, networking infrastructure, as well as machine learning software to extract insights from the deluge of data. Using CB Insights data, we mapped out the startup landscape within IIoT, with a new approach that categorizes companies by where they sit in the tech “stack,” starting from hardware all the way down to AI-powered analytics.

Note: While some companies may fit into multiple categories and parts of the stack, we mapped companies based on their primary use-case. This market map is not meant to be exhaustive of companies in the space. 

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The category breakdown is as follows:

  • Sensors & Connectivity

    • Connectivity — wireless network providers like SigFox and Ingenu act as the telecoms for the IoT age. Most companies here provide LPWAN (low-power wide area network) connectivity, which is popular radio band for IoT devices because existing cellular systems aren’t power- and bandwidth-efficient enough for systems sending small packets of data. Some, like Senet use the LoRaWAN spectrum, and others like SigFox work with ultra-narrowband specifically for low-power devices. 

    • Sensors & Monitoring — some companies in this area are solely sensor or system on chip (SoC) makers like Ineda Systems, but the category also includes more “full stack” (but industry agnostic) sensor and monitoring platforms like SamsaraHelium, and Electric Imp.

    • M2M / Satellite — sometimes Industrial IoT assets operate in rural and less connected parts of the world. Satellites can be a more effective way for sensors to transmit data, and companies like Kepler Communications offer a space-based communication network. With similar advantages in isolated industrial environments, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a more decentralized way to pass information between devices, and companies like Filament are applying blockchain architecture to do so with low-power industrial sensors.

  • Edge Devices & Connected Objects

    • Inspection Drones — startups offering drone hardware or image analysis services for industrial inspection. Some startups like Skycatch have individual use cases, such as construction. Recently, drone makers famous for their consumer drones like 3D Robotics have moved into the inspection space. While it’s mostly aerial drones for now, the category encompasses all types including underwater drones and pipe inspecting drones such as those made by RedZone Robotics.

    • 3D Printing — leveraging materials science and robotics, companies like Desktop Metal and Carbon 3D are bringing the customization benefits of 3D printing to an industrial scale. 3D printing tech is starting to go beyond just prototyping tools to being production-scale for making parts, which is why corporate venture arms of GE and BMW are investing here.

    • Industrial AR/VR — headsets and mobile AR specifically tailored for industrial settings and field service. Daqri and Atheer are well-funded headset makers that focus on enterprise and industrial settings. Others like Scope AR do similar work in field service using mobile and tablets, employing AR to highlight parts on industrial equipment while connected to support experts in real-time.
    • Wearables — IoT sensors worn on the body in industrial environments. Strong Arm Technologies makes a safety wearable and some industrial smartglass makers like Ubimax and Upskill also have wearables offerings.
    • Robotics & Exo — industrial automation robots along with exoskeletons that augment human abilities. Companies like Rethink and Righthand Robotics both make the classic arm-shaped industrial robots for manufacturing. Clearpath Robotics does warehouse robotics, as well as a host of ruggedized ground and sea-faring drones. And companies like Kindred and Sarcos are developing worker exoskeletons that can help handle heavy materials or be remotely operated for inspections.
  • Universal Platforms & Edge Intelligence
    • Universal Platforms — cloud vendors here commonly market themselves as general platform-as-a-service (PaaS) companies that allow other IoT and IIoT companies to manage and maintain the capture of data from their device networks. This includes the mostly industry-agnostic platforms like C3 IoT and Altizon that do cloud analytics for industrial companies.

    • Fog & Edge Computing — computing done at the “edge” or closer to the sensor is a trending shift occurring within the IIoT architecture. Companies like Saguna Networks do edge computing (close to the point of collection), whereas a company like Foghorn Systems does fog computing (think a lower-hanging cloud that’s done on-site like a LAN). Both methods allow mission-critical devices to operate safely without latency of transmitting all data to a cloud, which can also save big on bandwidth.

  • Applied Sensor Networks
    • Fleet — sensor networks and solutions for connected trucking fleets. Companies like Veniam are focused on the connectivity aspect, where others like Vnomics sell optimization and vehicle monitoring technology.
    • Oil & Gas —  companies using connected sensor networks in the oil industry include GroundMetrics (locating wells), Tachyus (extracting oil and gas), and Aptomar (spill safety).
    • Agriculture — companies like Blue River Technology and Farmbot are bringing robotics to agriculture. Others like Farmers Edge and Terravion are about capturing and analyzing farm data and tractor telematics for more efficient production.
    • Smart Grid – startups in this area develop tech that enables more efficient distribution of electricity, gas and water, and often market to utility companies. TrilliantTendril, and BluePillar are smart-meter enabled solutions for utilities and large enterprises to manage usage and reporting.
    • Factory — Eigen Innovations and the companies in this category are more vertical-specific platforms for manufacturing analytics. Eigen, for example, uses video and sensor data on factory floors to ensure process and quality control.
    • Warehouse — robotic movers and RFID sensor systems that target the warehouse. Fetch Robotics, for example, does material transport on warehouse floors. Alien Technologies, one of the most well-funded startups in all of IoT, does RFID tagging tech for the supply chain.
  • Advanced Analytics, Edge Intelligence & Protection
    • AI, ML, Predictive Analytics — software that allows companies to find insights and derive predictive analytics such as when machines will need maintenance. Most companies in the category are like Maana and work by applying AI to mining machine data, but others, like Augury Systems, offer a full sensor suite that detects machine anomalies and offers predictive analytics.
    • Cybersecurity — companies in this category develop cybersecurity solutions for IIoT and industrial control systems (ICS) in heavy industry. The IIoT has already suffered serious hacks; a German steel mill suffered “massive damages” after hackers accessed a blast furnace that workers could not properly shut down. Bastille Networks is one company that focuses on protecting the wireless transmission of IoT and RFID devices, and Claroty is a well-funded company working on protecting industrial control systems.

Industrial IoT Market Map
Company Select Investors Category
Carbon3D  Sequoia Capital, BMW Group, GE Ventures, Google Ventures 3D Printing
Desktop Metal  BMW i Ventures, GE Ventures, Google Ventures 3D Printing
Norsk Titanium  Applied Ventures, Piper Jaffray 3D Printing
Digital Alloys  Khosla Ventures 3D Printing
XJet  Autodesk Forge Fund 3D Printing
Xometry GE Ventures, Highland Capital Partners 3D Printing
Blue River Technology Data Collective, Khosla Ventures, Monsanto Growth Ventures, Syngenta Ventures Agriculture
Farmers Edge  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mitsui & Co. Agriculture
Arable  SparkLabs Agriculture
FarmBot  SYD Ventures, Muru-D Agriculture
Maana Frost Data Capital, GE Ventures, Intel Capital AI, ML, Predictive Analytics
Uptake Caterpillar, GreatPoint Ventures, Lightbank, New Enterprise Associates AI, ML, Predictive Analytics
Sight Machine O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, IA Ventures AI, ML, Predictive Analytics
Falkonry SparkLabs AI, ML, Predictive Analytics
Alluvium Bloomberg Beta, Lux Capital, IA Ventures AI, ML, Predictive Analytics
Presenso Microsoft Accelerator AI, ML, Predictive Analytics
Augury Systems First Round Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures AI, ML, Predictive Analytics
SigFox Samsung Ventures Connectivity
Ingenu GE Ventures, Energy Technology Ventures Connectivity
Actility  Foxconn Technology Company, BPI France, Truffle Capital Connectivity
Senet City Light Capital, Harbor Light Capital Partners, Milestone Venture Partners Connectivity
Cubic Telecom Global Roaming, Qualcomm Ventures, Enterprise Ireland Connectivity
Emnify Lars Singbartl Connectivity
Tempered Networks IDG Ventures USA, Ignition Partners Connectivity
Mocana Shasta Ventures, Southern Cross Venture Partners, Trident Capital, Symantec Cybersecurity
Bastille Bessemer Venture Partners, Chris Rouland, Tom Noonan Cybersecurity
LaunchKey VegasTech Fund, RimRock Venture Partners Cybersecurity
Claroty Innovation Endeavors, Bessemer Venture Partners Cybersecurity
Indegy Magma Venture Partners, Shlomo Kramer Cybersecurity
CyberX Swarth Group, ff Venture Capital Cybersecurity
Argus Cyber Security Magma Venture Partners, Vertex Venture Capital Cybersecurity
PatternEx Khosla Ventures Cybersecurity
Nozomi Networks Lux Capital, GGV Capital Cybersecurity
NexDefense Mosley Ventures, BIP Capital Cybersecurity
ForeScout Accel Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, Meritech Capital Partners Cybersecurity
Eigen Innovations BDC Venture Capital Factory
RtTech Software McRock Capital, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation Factory
Exosite Parker Hannifin Factory
Veniam Cane Investments, True Ventures, Union Square Ventures Fleet
Greenroad Balderton Capital, Virgin Green Fund, Amadeus Capital Partners Fleet
Cohda Wireless Cisco Investments and NXP Semiconductors Fleet
Vnomics Rochester Angels, Primary Venture Partners Fleet
KeepTruckin Google Ventures, Index Ventures Fleet
FogHorn Systems March Capital Partners, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, GE Ventures Fog & Edge Computing
VIMOC Technologies ET Capital Partners, Morado Venture Partners Fog & Edge Computing
Nebbiolo Technologies Undisclosed Investors Fog & Edge Computing
OSIsoft Technology Crossover Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Fog & Edge Computing
Xaptum Jai Shekhawat Fog & Edge Computing
MachineShop Xchanging, Diebold, CSR Fog & Edge Computing
Clearblade Corsa Ventures Fog & Edge Computing
Daqri Tarsadia Investments Industrial AR/VR
Fieldbit Actemium, Axians Industrial AR/VR
Scope AR IDrive Ventures, New Stack Ventures, Presence Capital, Susa Ventures, Y Combinator Industrial AR/VR
Upskill CNF Investments, GE Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Salesforce Ventures, SineWave Ventures, Work-Bench Industrial AR/VR
Ubimax  Atlantic Bridge Capital Industrial AR/VR
Atheer Fang Group, FundersClub, Indiegogo, Lab IX, RONA Holdings, Shanda Group, Signatures Capital, Streamlined Ventures Industrial AR/VR
Skycatch ff Venture Capital, Avalon Ventures Inspection Drones
Cyphy General Catalyst, Felicis Ventures Inspection Drones
PrecisionHawk Intel Capital, Verizon Ventures Inspection Drones
Aeryon Labs Summit Partners Inspection Drones
Flyability Go Beyond Network Inspection Drones
Kespry Lightspeed Venture Partners, Rothenberg Ventures Inspection Drones
3D Robotics True Ventures, Mayfield Fund, Foundry Group, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Inspection Drones
xCraft Mark Cuban Inspection Drones
Filament Bullpen Capital, Samsung Ventures M2M / Satellite
Fleet Space Technologies Horizon Partners, Blackbird Ventures M2M / Satellite
Kepler Communications Techstars, IA Ventures M2M / Satellite
Magnitude Space Undisclosed M2M / Satellite
Satixfy Catalyst Equity Management M2M / Satellite
Tachyus Founders Fund Oil & Gas
Aptomar Investinor, ProVenture Management, Statoil Technology Invest, Verdane Capital Oil & Gas
Groundmetrics Crescent Ridge Partners Ventures, Tech Coast Angels Oil & Gas
Oseberg Undisclosed Oil & Gas
Square Robots Kraken Sonar Oil & Gas
Sky-Futures  Bristow Group, Commercial Drone Fund Oil & Gas
Rethink Robotics Bezos Expeditions, CRV, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, GE Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Prime Ventures Robotics & Exo
Ready Robotics RRE Ventures, Eniac Ventures, Sagamore Ventures Robotics & Exo
CloudMinds SoftBank China, Foxconn Technology Company Robotics & Exo
GreyOrange Robotics Blume Ventures Robotics & Exo
Clearpath Robotics Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, iNovia Capital, RRE Ventures Robotics & Exo
Kindred Systems Bloomberg Beta, Data Collective, Innovation Endeavors Robotics & Exo
Sarcos Schlumberger, Microsoft, GE Ventures, Caterpillar Ventures Robotics & Exo
SeeGrid Giant Eagle Robotics & Exo
Righthand Robotics Matrix Partners Robotics & Exo
Ineda Systems Qualcomm Ventures Sensors
DorsaVi Undisclosed Investors Sensors
Samsara Andreessen Horowitz Sensors
Mythic AME Cloud Ventures, Data Collective, Lux Capital Sensors & Monitoring
3DSignals Grove Ventures Sensors & Monitoring
Konux New Enterprise Associates Sensors & Monitoring
Electric Imp Lowercase Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Rampart Capital Sensors & Monitoring
R3 Communications Undisclosed Sensors & Monitoring
Particle HAX, SOS Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Sensors & Monitoring
Smartron Intel India Maker Lab Sensors & Monitoring
Blue Pillar Allos Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners, Claremont Creek Ventures Smart Grid
Trilliant Missionpoint Capital Partners, Zouk Capital, GE Healthcare Smart Grid
Enlighted Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Smart Grid
Tendril Networks Engie New Ventures, GE Healthcare, RRE Ventures, VantagePoint Capital Partners Smart Grid
Enbala EnerTech Capital, Export Development Canada, GE Ventures Smart Grid
AutoGrid Systems Foundation Capital, Voyager Capital, E.ON Smart Grid
Space-time Insight Opus Capital, EnerTech Capital Smart Grid
Trilliant MissionPoint Ventures, Zouk Capital Smart Grid
Tendril Networks VantagePoint Capital Partners, RRE Ventures, Bregal Energy Smart Grid
Blue Pillar Claremont Creek Partners, Allos Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners Smart Grid
Enbala EnerTech Capital, Obvious Ventures, Chrysalix Global Network Smart Grid
Greenwave Systems Craton Equity Partners, Westly Group Universal Platforms
Arrayent DCM Ventures, Intel Capital Universal Platforms
C3 Energy InterWest Partners, Makena Capital Management Universal Platforms
Ayla Networks Cisco Investments Universal Platforms
Worldsensing Cisco Investments, Endeavor Global Universal Platforms
Cirro Frost Data Capital, Miramar Venture Partners Universal Platforms
Mnubo McRock Capital, White Star Capital Universal Platforms
Altizon Systems INFUSE Ventures, The Hive Universal Platforms
Azeti Networks Wim Elfrink Universal Platforms
Flutura Solutions The Hive, Vertex Ventures Universal Platforms
Relayr Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Universal Platforms
Locus CapMan Warehouse
Fetch Robotics  O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Softbank Capital Warehouse
Simbe Robotics Cisco Investments Warehouse
Omni-ID GE Ventures, Trillium International Warehouse
Alien Technology New Enterprise Associates, Rho Ventures Warehouse
Fourkites SunBridge Partners, Advanced Equities Financial Warehouse
Rufus Armor Make In LA Wearables
Human Condition Safety American International Group Wearables
ProGlove Bayern Kapital, Intel Capital Wearables
Strong Arm Technologies


2016-10-11 Beveiliging is niet langer een IT cost center

Beveiliging is niet langer een IT cost center

door Tara Seals US/North America News Reporter, Infosecurity Magazine, Ulrich Seldeslachts,

Many organizations no longer view cybersecurity as a barrier to change, nor as an IT cost.

That’s the word from the Global State of Information Security Survey 2017 from PwC US, which found that there is a distinct shift in how organizations view cybersecurity, with forward-thinking organizations understanding that an investment in cybersecurity and privacy solutions can facilitate business growth and foster innovation.

According to the survey, 59% of respondents said they have increased cybersecurity spending as a result of digitization of their business ecosystem. In this process, organizations not only create products, but also deliver complementary software-based services for products that extend opportunities for customer engagement and growth.

“There is a distinct transformation in how business leaders are viewing cybersecurity and technology—no longer seeing technology as a threat and understanding that cybersecurity is a vital component that must be adopted into the business framework,” said David Burg, PwC’s US and Global Leader, Cybersecurity and Privacy. “To remain competitive, organizations today must make a budgetary commitment to the integration of cybersecurity with digitization from the outset.”

Survey results also found that as trust in cloud models deepens, organizations are running more sensitive business functions on the cloud. Today, the majority of organizations around the world—63% of survey respondents—say they run IT services in the cloud. Additionally, approximately one-third of organizations were found to entrust finance and operations to cloud providers, reflecting the growing trust in cloud models.

“The fusion of advanced technologies with cloud architectures can empower organizations to quickly identify and respond to threats, better understand customers and the business ecosystem, and ultimately reduce costs,” added Burg. “Cloud models have become more popular in recent years, and that trend will likely only continue as the benefits become increasingly clear.”

According to survey respondents, organizations are also embracing both managed security services and open-source software to enhance cybersecurity capabilities, signaling that businesses are making cybersecurity a priority despite many not having the necessary in-house capabilities and an overall lack in talent to fill key positions. More than half (53%) of respondents employ open-source software and 62% of respondents say they use managed security services for cybersecurity and privacy—relying on managed security services for highly technical initiatives such as authentication, data loss prevention and identity management.

"Designing and implementing a cybersecurity and privacy program is challenging enough, but once a program is in place components must be thoroughly integrated, professionally managed and continuously improved. As this can be difficult for resource-constrained organizations, many are adopting managed security services and utilizing open-source software,” said Bob Bragdon, SVP/publisher of CSO.



2016-03-08 Impact van IoT in 2017 - 2018 op technologiebeslissingen

IoT ontwikkelingen 2017 - 2018 volgens Gartner


IoT voorspellingen 2017 -2018 volgens Gartner
door Ulrich Seldeslachts,

Technologie-analyst Gartner, bekend van de vendor-analyses in specifieke domeinen, publiceerde eind februari 2016 een overzicht van de top 10 uitdagingen voor IoT voor de komende 2 jaren. Die zijn niet alleen van toepassing bij bedrijven die momenteel aan het evalueren zijn wat de mogelijkheden voor IoT zijn, maar eveneens van toepassing voor Industrie 4.0 en Industrial Internet, die eveneens gebruik zullen maken van soortgelijke toestellen.

Volgens Gartners zullen : 

  1. low-power short-range networks (zoals Zigbee, Wifi, Bluetooth, ... ) wireless IoT connectiviteit domineren tot 2025,
  2. ze het aantal connecties die in een wide-area IoT netwerk voorzien (zoals Lora, GSM 4 - 5G), sterk overstijgen. Dat zal zeker ook het geval zijn voor productiebedrijven, maar de toepassingen zoals auto's die worden gemaakt door de manufacturen zullen wellicht beide moeten voorzien.
  3. hardware en software ontwikkelingen zullen van IoT security een snel evoluerend domein maken tot 2021. Het gebrek aan kennis en kunde vandaag, zal alleen maar toenemen en versnellen. Bedrijven kunnen beter vandaag beginnen investeren in het ontwikkelen van in-house expertse en aanwervingen beginnen. Verschillende security probelemen zijn het resultaat van een zwak ontwerp, slechte implementatie en een gebrek aan opleiding. 
  4. IoT analytics volledig nieuwe algoritmes, architecturen, data structuren en benaderingen voor machine leren, vereisen. Gedistribueerde analytics architecturen moeten gebaseerd worden op secure Internet of Things (IoT) netwerk architecturen
  5. IoT Device Management moeten context, locatie, and state-aware zijn. Dit zal wellicht break traditionele grenzen van data management doorbreken en data structuren creëren, in staat om te leren en flexible om andere data vereisten te kunnen beantwoorden
  6. IoT Processoren, low-end 8-bit microcontrollers IoT zullen domineren tot 2019, 32-bit microcontrollers vanaf 2020 zullen overnemen. Interessant is dat 16- bit processoren nooit echt zullen doorbreken in IoT toepassingen volgens Gartner, hoewel een heleboel toepassingen vandaag nog steeds hier op toegepast worden.
  7. IoT besturingssystemen, minimaal en met een kleine footprint moeten zijn om momentum in IoT naar 2020 te kunnen krijgen. Windows en iOS worden verwacht te complex te zijn, en te intensief in resources voor het merendeel van IoT toepassingen. Voor uitzondering- en event-gedreven taken kan dat inderdaad kloppen. Moeilijker wordt het wanneer er meer aan multithreading moet worden gedaan, of om specifieke eigenschappen zoals beveiliging en controlesystemen toe te staan.
  8. we meer en meer Event Stream Processing zien in IoT applicaties. Die zullen extremeem hoge data rates vereisen. Die moeten geanalyseerd worden in real time. Sommige systemen genereren tienduizenden events per seconde, sommige elektronische transacties soms miljoenen. Om daaraan tegemoet te komen moeten distributed stream computing platforms (DSCPs) verder worden ontwikkeld.
  9. IoT Platformen meer en meer infrastructuur componenten bundelen in één product. Diensten van zo'n platformen zouden moeten bestaan uit low-level device control, communicatie, device monitoring and management, beveiliging en firmware updates. Daarnaast moeten platformen ook IoT data acquisition, transformatie en management van gegevens; en IoT application development, mogelijk maken waaronder event-driven logica, toepassingen programmeren, visualisering, analytics en integratie-adapters voor enterprise systems (ERP en MES).
  10. IoT Standaarden en Ecosystems het licht zien, en application programming interfaces (APIs) voorzien om interoperabiliteit en communicatie te kunnen voorzien



Voor meer informatie : http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3221818

Ben je Gartner klant- of partner, dan kan je het gedetailleerde rapport opvragen "Top 10 IoT Technologies for 2017 and 2018." This report is part of the Gartner Special Report "The Internet of Things", which looks at the necessary steps to building and rolling out an IoT strategy.

2016-01-01 IIoT in 2016 en de nabije toekomst

Industrial Internet of Things in 2016 en de nabije toekomst 


IIoT voorspellingen voor 2016 en verder
door Ulrich Seldeslachts,

Momenteel vinden verschillende ontwikkelingen in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) en Industrie 4.0 vinden plaats, waaruit we een aantal voorspellingen kunnen afleiden. Het is een interessante mix van strategie en technologie die duiden op het voor verschillende disruptieve transformaties bij manufacturen.

Onze voorspellingen:

  1. Digital Transformation , het samengebalde Industrie 4.0, Industrial IoT en Industrial Internet Digital Transformation lijkt momenteel de meest centrale benaming om aan te geven wat er gebeurt bij industriële bedrijven om IIoT, Industrie 4.0 of Industrial Internet technologie te duiden. Die drie benamingen op zich beperken immers het beeld grotendeels tot een stuk technologie, of industrie-gedreven ontwikkelingen soms vooral netwerk georiënteerd. Industrie 4.0 en Smart Manufacturing passen wat beter maar geven onvoldoende aan wat er verschillend is, en zijn te specifiek omdat ze gebaseerd zijn op overheidsprogramma’s die staan voor een specifieke reeks van definities en activiteiten. Digital Transformation sluit beter aan omdat het aangeeft dat manufacturen niet meer in staat zijn om hun bedrijven te laten lopen op basis van oude technologie, processen, en bedrijfsmodellen; dat dingen moeten veranderen zonder dat ze zelf weten waar ze moeten beginnen. De kracht van IIoT, Smart Manufacturing en I4.0 is fundamenteel over het toepassen van de mogelijke kracht van nieuwe technologie om positieve veranderingen mogelijk te maken, vandaar Digital Transformation. De enige beperking hierbij is het verlies van de term internet, die nochtans de basis is voor verschillende van de krachten waar de Digital Transformation voor staat, zoals ondermeer het gebruik van standaard technologie, de kracht van Cloud diensten en mobiliteit.
  2. Klantgerichtheid staat centraal.  Manufacturen proberen de loyaliteit van hun klanten te bekomen. Doordat het minder duur wordt om sensoren en microchips toe te voegen aan producten om hen slim en geconnecteerd te maken, kunnen fabrikanten van machinemateriaal meer te weten komen over hoe de eindgebruikers ze gebruiken met inbegrip van producten in de fabriek die commoditie zijn. Het helpt hen hun producten sneller te ontwikkelen, sneller mogelijke fouten te herstellen en producten nauwer te laten aansluiten bij de individuele behoeften van de kopers. Bedrijven zoals Tesla gebruiken sensoren om het verkeer te monitoren en om te evalueren hoe de motoren werken zodat diagnoses kunnen gesteld worden om mogelijke problemen te vermijden. IIoT stelt manufacturen in staat om met een first mover advantage zowel staat van dienst monitoring/beschikbaarheid en operationele data te bekomen om op die manier het ontwerp van het product te verbeteren.
  3. Platformen en standaarden.  Leveranciers van verschillende aard en soort, die samenwerken in verschillende organisaties proberen de kracht van platformen aan te tonen in 2016. Door de hoeveelheid van verschillende soft- en hardware platformen zullen verschillende productiebedrijven zich blijvend vragen stellen: software platformen, hardware, infrastructuur, connectiviteit, IoT, embedded computing, communicatie, analytics, ontwikkel-platformen, en nog vele andere variëteiten van platformen.  Vooraleer er duidelijkheid in komt zal dit eerst nog wat aanscherpen vanuit verschillende hoeken. Onderzoeken van verschillende marktanalisten of systeemintegratoren zijn beschikbaar om bij die keuze te kunnen helpen.
  4. Schakel externe expertise in om het productieproces te verbeteren.   Productiemanagers, eigenaars van fabrieken zullen kunnen vaststellen dat technologieleveranciers in toenemende mate beschikken over kennis en expertise van bepaalde onderdelen van de fabriek, die ze als dienst goedkoper en met een grotere efficiëntie kunnen leveren, dan dat ze dat met hun eigen middelen zouden kunnen doen. Oplossingenleveranciers zullen immers in toenemende mate gebruik maken van clouddiensten en voorspelbare gegevensanalyse gevoed door conventionele en onconventionele gegevens om processen en onderhoudskosten te optimaliseren. De kennis, het talent en mogelijkheden om controlepompen, wisselaars en ander fabrieksmateriaal te ondersteunen zal veranderen van eigen personeel of contractanten naar het inschakelen van dienstverlening op afstand. Zo’n wijziging zal ook de bezorgdheid van manufacturen over het verdwijnen van gekwalificeerde medewerkers sterk verminderen.

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    Voorbeeld van dienstverlening op afstand door Thyssen Krupp, in samenwerking met 
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  5. Referentie-architecturen. Standaarden en referentie-architecturen zijn in een omgeving waar nog veel onduidelijkheid bestaat veel gevraagd. Referentie-architecturen zullen worden gezocht in het komende jaar, en de convergentie tussen IT en OT versterken.
  6. Analytics everywhere.Data Science is alleen geen nieuw fenomeen meer. Analyses worden uitgevoerd doorheen de onderneming, zowel in productie en ontwikkeling, als op het niveau van de raad van bestuur en doorheen de uitgebreide leveranciersketen.  In vele gevallen worden het voorspelbare analyses of machines die kunnen leren. 2016 zal vooral een jaar worden waarin verschillende bedrijven zullen stellen dat ze gegevens verzameld hebben, zonder te weten wat te moeten doen ermee. Verwacht wordt dat veel bedrijven zullen vragen: “OK, we hebben gegevens verzameld, wat nu ...?”
  7. Supply Chain verbetering. Steeds meer IIoT toepassingen zullen bedrijven helpen met het beheren van hun end-to-end supply chain. Verbeterde opvolging en real-time meldingen, maar ook verbeteringen op basis van voorspellende gegevensanalyses.  IoT zou kunnen gebruikt worden om een meer geautomatiseerde bestelling te laten doorgaan, inclusief logistiek en handelspartners, op basis van scenarios met een voorspelbaar onderhoud, die onmiddellijk kan worden afgerekend.
  8. Ondanks verschillende technische ontwikkelingen blijft de beveiliging van de de toestellen en toepassingen een belangrijke uitdaging. Niet in het minste omdat een heleboel componenten geïntegreerd moeten worden, of toepassingen verbinding moeten zoeken buiten (het netwerk van) organisatie, buiten de traditionele perimeter. Anders zou het afbreuk kunnen doen aan de performantie of continuïteit van de uiteindelijke oplossingen.
  9. Meer bescherming voor toestellen aan de buitengrenzen.  Toestellen die zich bevinden aan, of net buiten de grenzen van het bedrijfsnetwerk en dus niet altijd onder de controle vallen van de bestaande structuren van de organisatie zijn dan ook een uitdaging. Het zijn toestellen die rechtstreeks met internet of buitennetwerken verbonden worden. Net zoals een traditionele modem en firewall, moeten ze zelf voldoende beschermd worden. Er wordt van verwacht dat ze een langere levensduur te hebben dan traditionele toestellen, bijvoorbeeld omdat ze minder vaak aangepast kunnen worden. Het is immers soms vrijwel onmogelijk om bestaande installaties te vervangen, te patchen of te updaten, zonder daarbij hoge kosten te verwachten. Om de toestellen te beveiligen, wordt bescherming en controle vanuit het netwerk waaraan ze gekoppeld zijn verwacht.  Sommige toestellen zullen zich op locaties bevinden die ook fysiek onvoldoende beveiligd kunnen worden. Vanaf 2016 zullen nieuwe netwerk technologieën zoals Software Defined Networking en Netwerk Functie Virtualisatie (NFV) commercieel beschikbaar worden bij een aantal operatoren. Die nieuwe diensten kunnen een betere bescherming van grenstoestellen inhouden.

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    B+B Smartworx developed the Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform,

  10. Het maakt verschil! Een toenemend aantal controle ingenieurs zal uiteindelijk kunnen begrijpen waarom het potentieel van digitale transformaties op  basis IIoT/I4.0 verschilt van wat ze gedaan hebben met SCADA en automatisatie in de laatste 30 jaar. Meer integratie op bedrijfsniveau zal mogelijk worden door het toepassen van slimme toepassingen en nieuwe manieren van bedrijfsbeheer. De ingenieurs zullen de connectiviteit en controlemogelijkheden van IoT erkennen, maar toepassingen, schaalbaarheid, analytics en de mogelijkheid om bedrijfsprocessen opnieuw uit te vinden, zullen de een verandering in gedrag kunnen teweeg brengen en de digital transformatie mogelijk maken.



Dit artikel werd geschreven op basis van een eerdere analyse van Greg Gorbach (industrial-iot.com) (ARC) EN ANDERE BRONNEN.


Lees meer over digitale transformatie in de volgende publicaties op onze kennisbank : 

1.  pdf Challenges and solutions for the digital transformation and use of exponential technologies - Industry 4.0 (1.50 MB)

2.  pdf Digital Transformation of Industry - Roland Berger (4.49 MB)

3.  pdf IoT for the extended enterprise - Harnessing the power of - Bosche (1.79 MB)

4.  pdf Smart Manufacturing IoT AIOTIW G11 Report 2015 (1.74 MB)




IoT alliantie tussen Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) en IIC

Op 27 mei lanceerden Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) en het Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) een oproep tot meer samenwerking om interoperatibility mogelijk te maken om tot een succesvol Internet of Things te komen. Een samenwerkingsafspraak kwam tot stand om informatie uit te wisselen tussen use case en architectuur vereisten vanuit het perspectief van de industrie, met een focus op de uitvoering en de resultaten publiceren in een open source model (IoTivity). In een poging om een meer gestroomlijn model te hebben en de use-cases in de mogelijkheden te brengen. 

Met de ontwikkeling en groei van IoT technologieën zijn clustering en samenwerking noodzakelijk. Maar er moet ook verder dan Open Source worden gegaan door OpenStand Principles te gebruiken in op die manier een open toekomst en open standaarden ter ondersteuning van IoT te krijgen. OIC met meer dan 50 leden waaronder Dell, HP, Siemens, en Honeywell, en het IIC met 141 leden bedrijven verspreid in meer dan 20 landen zijn representatief om invloed uit te oefenen op de wereldwijde innovatie en toepassingspotentieel.

Meer informatie : 




2015-10-28 Malware Duuzer richt zich naar Manufacturen

Malware Duuzer gericht op Manufacturing, voornamelijk Zuid Korea




Symantec vond een aggressieve cyber security bedreiging tegen productiebedrijven, genaamd Duuzer. 

De gesofistikeerde malware is specifiek gericht naar manufacturen, om hun systemen stil te leggen. Verwacht wordt dat via een email een virus wordt opgestart en verspreid, dat vervolgens een trojaans paard exploiteert in het bedrijfsnetwerk. Die neemt verbinding met de hackers zodat de machines die zich in het netwerk bevinden van binnenuit kunnen worden aangevallen. 

Symantec rapporteert dat er ook twee andere bedreigingen worden verspreid : W32.Brambul and Backdoor.Joanap,

"Once Duuzer infects a computer, it opens a back door, giving the attackers access to almost everything. The attackers can securely connect to the compromised computer through the threat and perform the following activities:

  • Gather system and drive information
  • Create, enumerate, and end processes
  • Access, modify, and delete files
  • Upload and download files
  • Change the time attributes of files
  • Execute commands

The Duuzer attackers have been observed trying to disguise their malware on an infected computer. They do this by identifying what software is installed and runs on startup, then renaming their malware to a similar title of an existing, legitimate program.

Er is nog geen rapportering dat deze malware ook Vlaamse, Belgische of Europese bedrijven zou bedreigen, maar die kans is gezien de sofistikatie van de malware zeer reëel. 

Symantec geeft in hetzelfde artikel ook advies, met welke technologie de aanval is ontdekt en hoe de omgeving kan worden beschermd tegen bijkomende aanvallen. 

Voor meer informatie over mogelijke cyber security bedreigingen voor digitale manufacturen, contacteert u cybersecurity at 3if.eu




2018-05-29 : 3IF Annual Conference 2018: Internet of Things & Digital Transformation for Industry



Is the platform where industrial innovations can meet cross industry, with the main theme of utilizing information technology to enable digital transformations, using internet technology. The 3IF conference brings together various technologies and use cases from different industries, with the aim to facilitate business modeling, creativity, concepts and advance towards optimal utilization of IoT, data analytics, big data, cloud and web services, with the opportunity presented by various digital evolutions and technologies and standards under developments. Best practices, major changes and revolutionary developments, coordinating proof of concepts, scaling up to production, process industry learning from discrete manufacturing and reversely, machine operators indicating needs to machines builders and reversely, how are we on an international level in Europe and versus the rest of the world. What can we expect from policy makers, solution providers and industry associations, sharing practical information, strategic insights and real-life experiences.

Registration is now opened! The program is still under development, you may register here to secure your seat

The 3rd Innovation Wave...?

Over the last 200 years, the world has experienced several waves of innovation. The Industrial Revolution saw innovations in technology applied to manufacturing. The Internet Revolution allowed machines to connect and exchange information. The two combined have set the stage for the next wave, that we are calling the “Industrial Internet”, or Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT). This last wave pushes the boundaries of machines and will drastically increase productivity, efficiency and flexibility in the production process: Processes that govern themselves, with intelligent machines that take corrective action to avoid unplanned downtime of machinery. Each mobile device indicating the status of any digital components within the production environment, providing employees mobile access to real-time information....the possibilities seem endless.

This transformation has already started, yet the Industrial Internet is still in its infancy stage. On another note there are many aspects of the daily operations that are ready for the type of improvements provided by IIoT technology; that can deliver tangible benefits with a fast return on investment. Having said that, companies are faced with tackling day-to-day issues and with insufficient resources to survey new technologies and plan improvement projects. They should keep business model innovation as a long term goal and focus on what is practical and achievable right now.

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Topics include:

•Digital Manufacturing
•IoT (Internet of Things): IoT Networks, Industrial IoT
•Data Science: Data Analytics, Data Visualization
•Digital Transformation
•System Integration for digital transformation
•Industrie 4.0
•Industrial Internet
•Cyber Security for Industry


Preliminary Agenda:

(Please visit regularly to remain updated on the progress and developments, or register in order to receive the latest updates via email on a bi-monthly basis)

1. Getting started: Opening keynotes & Analyst Panel

8.30 - 9.00 : Welcome & Registration, opening of the networking floor, coffee & snacks
Coffee, tea and waters offered throughout the morning sessions. The networking floor remains open throughout the day for more quality face to face time during some of the talks. Participants will be inspired throughout the discussions in order to have an introduction during the breaks, and a more thorough discussion during the sessions. Conference attendees will be invited for one on one discussions with some of the partners, and setting up a specific schedule.

9.00 - 10.30 : Welcome & Opening keynotes
• Ulrich Seldeslachts, managing director at 3IF.be
• Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President at ARC

10.30 -11.30 : Advisory & Analyst panel, moderated by Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President at ARC
The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the manufacturing landscape. The quest to increase productivity and finding new business models never ends for manufacturers. Factories of the future will be fully autonomous, at least from a physical production standpoint. During this session, a group of renowned analysts will evaluate where are we now, and what can we expect near-term and long-term?

11.30 : Networking Break

2. Putting it into Practice: Use Cases

12.00 : Keynote : Duracell’s Roadmap to Industrie 4.0 tbc

12.30 - 13.30 : Manufacturer End User Panel Discussion
Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet, Internet of Things…..Where to start? Manufacturers are overwhelmed with all the information and are challenged to evaluate the use and necessity for their company. During this session, a group of leading innovative manufacturers from Belgium and abroad will present their digitalization projects, the approaches they took, the pitfalls they encountered and their plans for the future. The session will not only present the high profile cases, but also invites SME companies [KMO’s] that have succeeded in making their first steps with limited innovation budgets.

13.30 - 14.30 : Lunch & Networking

14.30 : Keynote: Schneider Electric tbc

15.00 : Digitalization in practice: Use Case from Belgium: Factory of the Future Champion

3. Going into Detail: Parallel Tracks:

Track 1 - IoT connectivity & deployment and Analytics, Industrial Data and Advanced Technologies

IoT connectivity & deployment
IoT is another key enabler for digital industries. New sensors can be attached to brownfield operations, new machines are being considered as internet attached devices with many capabilities including sensing and serving as actuators. There is a multitude of offerings and a plethora of IoT today available, making it difficult to understand the specific capabilities for industry. In this panel, we'll be exploring some of the components in the ecosystem, how they can integrate, operate, be complementary and overlap. We'll be exploring the various mechanisms to connect industrial devices over wireless networks and how these are developing over time, indicating specific potential capabilities and challenges from the different technologies, how they are being picked up by the industry

Analytics, Industrial Data and Advanced Technologies
A major driver for Digital Transformation is the utilization of industrial data. Many industries have already started collecting massive amounts of data throughout the last decade. Many others still have to start to install data points and collect information from their operations and equipment. During this session, some exampes will be presented on how and where to integrate; and what types of usage could support the efficiency of operations, or even support the development new services and business models.

Track 2 - System Integration & Cyber Security for Industrie 4.0 & Industrial Internet

System Integration
One of the two most important challenges being faced today by organizations trying to take the next step into digital transformation is the challenge of integration. Parts of these challenges might be covered through ongoing standard developments, but most of the production environments have to work with existing legacy systems and brownfield operations, usually not even connected. This track evaluates approaches and best practices in integrating IoT, enhancing existing systems, integrating through OPC UA, through direct interfaces or mastering MES and ERP as next generation factory management environments

Cyber Security for Industrie 4.0 & Industrial Internet
The fourth industrial revolution brings a new operational risk for smart manufacturers and digital supply networks: cyber. In the age of Industry 4.0, cybersecurity strategies should be secure, vigilant, and resilient, as well as fully integrated into organizational strategy from the start. During this session, worst and best practices are presented, that will help visitors to reap the benefits of digitalization, while not jeappordizing their security posture.

Invited Speakers:
• Keren ELAZARI, ternationally acclaimed security researcher, public speaker, author and strategic analyst, Telaviv University – Israel tbc
• Marina Krotofil, Principal Analyst at FireEye Industrial Cyber Security Intelligence tbc
• Thomas, ARC
• Scott Christensen, CTO at Wurldtech, Canada tbc
• Dana Spataru, IoT Security Leader for EMEA | Director Cyber Risk Advisory at Deloitte
• Mike Gault, Founder and CEO of Guardtime tbc

18.15 : Closing Keynote

18.30 : Closing Reception
20.00 : End of Conference

Event Venue:
Antwerp Engineering Company, Antwerp;
A unique industrial event location, the 3IF.be conference location for 2018

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Tuesday May 29th !:

Visit the 3IF Conference 2018:
3IF Annual Conference 2018: Internet of Things & Digital Transformation for Industry
Tuesday 29 May from 8.30am till 8pm
Antwerp Engineering Company, Indiestraat 10, B2000, Antwerp
Participation is free of charge upon prior registration via the event registration page
• A NO SHOW Fee of 95 € will be charged to registered persons not attending and not cancelling at least 1 week prior to the event
• Only upon confirmation by email of the registration system, your entry to the conference is assured

Exhibit at the 3IF Conferenve 2018:
Want to showcase your company and industrie 4.0 capabilities? 3IF offers a limited number of sponsor packages. For more information please connect with us [wim at 3if dot be]

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Your Hosts of the Day:

Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President at ARC Advisory Group
Valentijn has extensive experience in best management practices in process industries. These include chemical, polymer, metals, energy, utilities, food, pharmaceutical and petroleum manufacturing. Experience includes knowledge of unit processes, simulation and modeling and business practices utilizing application software designed for manufacturing operations. Experience in aligning organizations, strategy, business processes and technical architectures. At ARC, responsibilities include research and consulting in process industries. Technology focus is on manufacturing operations management, performance management, knowledge management and the role of the knowledge worker in manufacturing. Valentijn is focal point for the ARC Benchmarking Consortium in EMEA. Valentijn holds a PhD of technical sciences from Delft University of Technology (NL) in cooperation with Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and IFP and also holds a Masters in Chemistry from Utrecht State University located in The Netherlands. Valentijn acts as independent expert-evaluator of research projects for the European Commission in the Information Technologies and Communication, and Social Sustainability in Manufacturing domains

Ulrich Seldeslachts - Managing Director 3IF & CEO from LSEC
Ulrich is executive director of LSEC, a not for profit industry association focused on Information Security in Europe, based in Belgium and with operations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. LSEC runs the 3IF.be digital transformation for manufacturing companies platform, supporting some 50+ companies in successfully migrating to becoming a smarter industry. Prior to LSEC, Ulrich was responsible for the corporate development of a US-European Broadband wireless operator (Sprint-Clearwire), a broadband internet operator (Orange), a security engineering company, and many other innovative projects. Ulrich holds a BA in Communication Sciences, postgraduates in Computer Sciences and Economics and an MBA from LBS. Within LSEC, Ulrich supports a team of 13 experienced professionals supporting the development of it security in Europe, and paving the way for a more secure industrial internet. 

Supporters of the 3IF Conference:

3IF – Industrial Internet Consortium Flanders – is an initiative by LSEC and Sirris to support the development of Industrial Internet, Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things in Belgium, especially towards the manufacturing industry. We will bring them closer to understanding the technologies for digital manufacturing, the impact on their business, and how they could make their first steps to improve flexibility, quality and cost reduction in their production process.

ABISS 2018

ABISS (Advanced Business & Industrial Software Summit) is a networking tradeshow and summit for decision makers and those responsible for processes from manufacturing, engineering, maintenance, planning, logistics, etc. Invent Media, which organises 5 leading industrial/technology trade shows, launches the 3rd edition of ABISS on October 4th, 2018. More information about the summit can be found on www.abissummit.eu

Agoria stands for development through technology ! Agoria paves the way for all technology-inspired companies in Belgium which seek to contribute to the world's advancement by developing or implementing innovations. We are proud that more than 1,700 member companies, accounting for approximately 300,000 workers, are relying on the three pillars of our services: advice, business development and creating the ideal business climate [www.agoria.be]


ARC Advisory is without any doubt the global leading technology research and advisory firm for industry; that stands apart due to its in-depth coverage of both information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT). ARC analysts and consultants have the industry knowledge and the first-hand experience to help ARC clients find the best answers to the complex business issues facing organizations today. ARC provides technology supplier clients with strategic market research, and help end user clients develop appropriate adoption strategies and evaluate and select the best technology solutions for their needs

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